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      CHECKING CREATIVITY: Machines, Media and Mathematics in Early Computer, Serial and Conceptual Art

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      Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)
      Digital arts and culture
      15 - 17 May 2018
      Creativity, Machine, Mathematics, Media, Serial Art, Conceptual Art, Computer Art, Sol LeWitt, Mel Bochner, Michael Noll
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            Abstract

            Around 1960 digitalisation and computers started to spread through American society and in their wake came a reappraisal of machines: from a production method to a means of innovation. This art historical case study aims to show that mathematical machines were used in early computer, serial and conceptual art not only to explore their aesthetic potential and the media involved. Machines in art of the period also conjured the interplay of the human and machine in creative processes and thus examined creativity itself within human-machine networks. Comparison of these art forms de-livers a surprising insight: although one can assume for all three art movements affinity for the idea and thinking, one encounters ambivalence and criticism concerning logical machines and their cre-ative potential. Paradoxically put, with mathematical machines and critical algorithmic practices, some artists turned against a kind of “machine thinking”.

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            Conference
            May 2018
            May 2018
            : 1-10
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            [1 ] Academy of Art and Design Basel

            FHNW – Institute of Experimental De-sign and Media Cultures (IXDM)

            Freilager-Platz 1, CH-4002 Basel
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            10.14236/ewic/EVAC18.2
            ac0eb96b-4fde-42bb-b819-56704bc0f33d
            © Rottmann. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA Copenhagen 2018, Denmark

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            Politics of the Machines - Art and After
            EVA Copenhagen
            7
            Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
            15 - 17 May 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Digital arts and culture
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Creativity,Machine,Mathematics,Media,Serial Art,Conceptual Art,Computer Art,Sol LeWitt,Mel Bochner,Michael Noll

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